Step 2: Sizing Your Blocks, Batting and Back

For my project, I decided to make a baby sized quilt, approximately 36” x 45”. My design used 4 blocks across, and 5 rows, all of which were 9” finished size. I will use this as an example, but you can certainly use different sizes/patterns to work within your project.

Once I pieced my top blocks, I trimmed them to be 9” PLUS seam allowance. I would really recommend using at least half of an inch around each side of each block. (I only used ¼”, and drove me totally bonkers and didn’t work out as well as I would have liked.)

When you have your top blocks trimmed, you will need to trim backing squares to be the exact same size as the top.

Once you have your top and backing cut, cut your batting to size. This part is a bit different… you want your batting to not have any seam allowance at all. If batting is running into your seam, you’ll have far too much bulk in your seams. For example, in my quilt, my batting squares were each 9” even.
<p>Very simple and straight forward instructions - the best I've seen so far. And you are not limited to just the size of your single block, you can sew 4 or more blocks together first and then measure the batting and backing to fit. Or you could first sew one row of blocks together and then quilt them as you go so you have only 4 or 5 seams in the back to deal with. I hope I made myself clear. </p>
<p>Yes, Yvonne - thank you! :-) I think that would be even easier! :-) </p>
<p>I don't understand the second paragraph of step 7.</p>
<p>Couldn't you sew from the front along the seam, with a zigzag stich or other design to sew the back closed? I think It could work if it was incorporated in the overall design from the start. what do you think?</p>
You can, absolutely. I've just always been awful at lining up that sort of thing well enough... For me it would take a lot longer!
<p>This is fabulous! I'm off to the fabric store right now for batting to get my 2 pieced- but-not-sewn-or-quilted UFOs done! Thanks so much</p>
<p>I am making my 1st quilt and your instructions with photos! :) and the tips about the seam allowances were so very helpful! Thank you!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!!! I am super excited now, to try this!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!!! I am super excited now, to try this!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!!! I am super excited now, to try this!</p>
<p>Thank you for this!!!! I am super excited now, to try this!</p>
<p>I love how your quilting is part of the visual appeal as well as the piecing</p>
<p>You might want to check out www.quiltingonthegrid.com for a way to make beautiful quilts with just a sewing machine! I have done so because my wife developed this technique and got a U.S. patent on it this year.</p>
<p>Wonderful tutorial, thank you for posting it!</p>
wow this is amazing i have been struggling with the bulk of things for so long now your a lifesaver
This is wonderful and I agree with the others, this is the best instructions I could find. <br> <br>You say that you should have made something with a half inch seam and not a 1/4. I can't really see how the block can be made with the outside a 1/2 unless it is just a one fabric edging. (I am doing peaches and cream which has two different halves to the block) I think I would make the backing blocks with a inch seam allowance incase things go slightly askew. This could be cut back before sewing together. Am I right??
Actually, now that I'm looking at my pictures, I think I did 1/4 on the backing squares as well. It was a huge pain in the butt.
Everyone is so sweet, I'm glad that my instructable helped! <br> <br>I think (it's been a while since I wrote this, so trying to remember) the problem I ran into was that my seam allowance around my blocks was only 1/4 for my top, and between getting everything lined up it was just too little, made things a giant pain. I'd definitely err on the side of having more seam allowance than necessary and trim once you've got the blocks together.
I'm getting ready to make a bed quilt for ME. I'm definitely going to follow your pattern of assembly! I just finished a sofa sized quilt for my hubby, and I could NOT get a handle on the bulky mass, or move it around to free motion quilt it. The center block looks like pinched scribbles cause I couldn't get it to move around. The rest is just straight line stitching. I can't wait to really have some quilting fun! Thanks
Very nice. This will be a great way to do project quilts for school and scouts. Everyone can do their own piece and quilting then trim and tie it all together.
I also watched several You tubes and looked at sites and this by far the best!
Thank you so much! I have viewed probably 20 tutes on YouTube, and 5 others on various websites...even bought a book on QAYG, and YOU NAILED IT! Thank you Thank You THANK YOU! My first quilt project was a full size totally machine quilted scrap strip quilt blanket for the daughter. My next one will be a rainbow disappearing 9 patch for ME, using your method. You do BOMB.
I just love this idea but could not get these directions to print. I have tried to download to PDF file and still won't let me. <br>
How can I print these directions. I have tried to download to PDF file and still won't let me. <br>
Yikes! Hand sewing? Is there an option for machine sewing it?
You don't *have* to hand stitch it necessarily. If you line everything up right and use a nice deceptive stitch, you could very easily do this on machine. I just like hand sewing a lot, and have an extreme hatred of trying to line things like that up! I also was going for the invisibility that you get with hand sewing.
Decorative, I mean. Haha

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